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Theater Counts: Harry Flies into 3,858 Theaters

November 17th, 2005

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire will open in 3,858 theaters according to studio reports released Thursday. That's a record for the franchise (beating Prisoner of Azkaban's 3,855), and the equal-seventh widest release of all time.

The big question for the weekend, however, is whether Goblet of Fire can break the franchise opening weekend record of $93,687,367, held by Prisoner of Azkaban. Like the first two movies in the franchise, this will be a pre-Thanksgiving opening, which makes record setting a challenge. Adding to its task is a PG-13 rating from the MPAA - more restrictive than the PG rating received by previous movies. On the plus side, generally excellent reviews might broaden its audience, and, as Revenge of the Sith showed earlier in the year, event movies can still generate huge business.

We'll be tracking the movie's progress throughout the weekend.

RankMovieTheatersChangeWeeks in
1Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire3,858New1Warner Bros.
2Chicken Little3,514-1443Buena Vista
4Walk the Line2,961New1Fox
5Derailed2,447+62Weinstein Co.
7Saw II2,257-6924Lions Gate
8Legend of Zorro2,150-9034Sony
9Get Rich or Die Tryin'1,666+142Paramount
10Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story1,543-1,1925Dreamworks

39Taj Mahal26New1Rainbow Films
40Aryan Couple, The18New1Slowhand Releasing
42Breakfast on Pluto3New1Sony Classics
45Blackmail Boy1New1Picture This! Entertainment
47Private1New1Typecast Releasing
48Classe Tous Risques1New1Rialto
49Femme de Gilles, La1New1Cinema Guild
50Unveiled1New1Wolfe Releasing

Estimated Theater Counts for Next Week's Openers

Yours, Mine and Ours (2005)3,000Paramount
Just Friends2,000New Line
Ice Harvest, The1,400Focus
In the Mix1,400Lions Gate
Deewane Huye Paagal46UTV
Syriana5Warner Bros.
Down to the Bone2Laemmle/Zeller Films
Libertine, The2Weinstein Co.
39 Pounds of Love1Balcony Releasing
Streets of Legend1Lions Gate

See the full theater count chart

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